First sentence: ""As the rein-deer to the frozen countries of the Pole, is horse, cow and sheep; so is the camel to the parched native of Arabia."
One of 7 chapbooks issued by Davison as an abridgement of Buffon's "System of natural history," an itself abridged English translation of his "Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière": Davison, 1814; the chapbooks dated by Tattersfield "around 1819."
The woodcuts have been attributed to Thomas Bewick and his workshop by Hugo (in Bewick collector, p. 109-110); Tattersfield claims nothing in the chapbooks to be by Bewick (in Thomas Bewick, v. 2, p. 935) naming as the probable engraver Isaac Nicholson, a former Bewick apprentice
Hugo, T. Bewick collector
Tattersfield, N. Thomas Bewick
Wood, C.A. Vertebrate zoology
Copy in Bourke Coll.: one of 3 titles bound together, in a set of 3 volumes; from vol. 1, bound with: A natural history of foreign birds and The youngster's diary; or Youth's remembrancer of natural events; with binder's spine title: Birds, Quadrup, Diary, 1824. Bound together subsequent to publication
Bourke copy three-quarters bound; marbled paper boards
Bewick copy: the engravings hand-coloured
Bewick copy with: A natural history of reptiles, serpents, and insects. Printed and sold ... by W. Davison, [ca. 1820]. Bound together subsequent to publication